In order to understand the english revolution and civil war we need to understand puritanism in this classic work of social history professor hill shows puritanism as a living faith one that responded to social as well as religious needs. In order to understand the english revolution and civil war we need to understand puritanism using his consummate skill as a historian professor hill suggests that there might have been non theological reasons for supporting the puritans or for being a puritan. Christopher hill was born john edward christopher hill in york england on february 6 1912 he attended balliol college oxford university and later became the master of the college from 1965 until his retirement in 1978. Society and puritanism in pre revolutionary england by christopher hill review d j mcdougall the canadian historical review volume 46 number 3 september 1965. Hence christopher hill begins his book society and puritanism in pre revolutionary england with a chapter entitled the definition of a puritan 2 similarly john spurr in his book on english puritanism has an introductory section on
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